I've had some good luck over the past year finding Bakelite bracelets in the $1 bins at thrift stores. I have about a dozen now and I haven't paid more than $4.50 for any of them. I don't know if I'm just lucky or I'm seeing things other people don't, but what can I say- I seem to be at the right place at the right time, I guess.
Anyway, I stopped in to this thrift store with my kids. They were both kind of cranky, and I didn't really have much time to look at anything else, but I always make time to look through the jewelry. To my surprise I found three bakelite bracelets in the $1 basket. One was a simple ivory colored adult size bangle, and the other two were child-size applejuice (because of their transparency and color) bakelite bracelets.
Aren't they sweet? I've never seen vintage child-size bakelite jewelry before, so of course I snapped these up.
My daughter may not be old enough to appreciate these yet- heck, I just hope she doesn't break them before she does- but they're pretty sturdy. After all, bakelite was first and foremost an industrial plastic. So why not make kids' jewelry out of it? It sure beats lead/cadmium/whatever-else they make kids jewelry out of these days!